Monday, February 29, 2016

Is Formaldehyde in your home?

Recently, there has been a lot of uproar over wood products imported from China. Lumber Liquidators, a company featured on 60 Minutes has stopped importing these types of products.

"Lumber Liquidators is a U.S. company, but much of its laminate flooring was made in China. And as we discovered when we first reported this story in March, it may fail to meet health and safety standards, because it contains high levels of formaldehyde, a known cancer-causing chemical. Lumber Liquidators has insisted ever since our report that its Chinese-made laminate flooring is safe, but it doesn't appear that way based on what we learned from our own reporting and from the work of people like Denny Larson."

It should come as no surprise to readers of this blog that The Sliding Door Company's laminated wood products must come under suspicion here.  They have several choices of laminated wood panels from China which are used in their doors. In the closet doors from their website - shown below, there is as much laminated wood as glass.

I was The Sliding Door Company's R&D Manager.  I know this product.  It STINKS. No seriously - it literally smells like chemicals.  But don't take my word for it.  If you have a TSDC product in your home that has laminated wood, go smell it.  I'll wait...

See?  Those fumes are from the chemicals (glue) used to laminate the wood.  Is it safe to have these doors emitting chemicals into your home? Nobody knows.  

There are ways to test Formaldehyde levels in the home, however.  The article below describing the test kit came out TODAY!

How to test for Formaldehyde in your home

Formaldehyde can be found in a number of products, including particleboard, plywood, paneling, pressed-wood products, urea formaldehyde foam insulation, some synthetic fabrics (especially permanent press), shampoos, cigarette smoke, fuel burning appliances, kerosene space heaters and some cosmetics.
To test for the presence of formaldehyde, the VA, Armed Forces, healthcare facilities, and some of the largest industrial corporations throughout the world have used vapor monitor badges, such as the Formaldehyde Screen Check, for over 25 years.
This DIY test kit can be used to measure personal exposure or room exposure in homes or businesses. It is easy to use and inexpensive, and because it is analyzed by an accredited laboratory, results are data-validated for accuracy. Customers receive a written lab report of their sample results.

For consumers who have installed Chinese laminate wood products in their home, it certainly can't hurt to take the test. FAQ

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